Friday, February 9, 2024

Promoting the power of partnership

Three people sit at a table in conversation.

By Matthew King.

The Centre for WIL supports multiple pathways for students to explore work-integrated learning (WIL) experiences beyond co-op. Central to supporting students through those multiple pathways is providing innovative ways to help students. Recently, this innovation included collaborating with industry partners to redevelop an existing course while ensuring a quality WIL approach.

The collaborative project to redevelop WIL 601, a course for graduate students, involved multiple partners with each taking on a role that aligned with their expertise:

  • The Centre for WIL developed the course.
  • The Centre for Career Development authored the course.
  • Industry partners provided industry insights and included:
    • Vidyard - a video technology company founded by a Waterloo alum.
    • Manulife - an international financial services group.
    • D2L - a global online learning software provider led by a Waterloo alum.
  • Graduate students provided valuable insight throughout the process.

In alignment with Waterloo’s goals of graduate-level work-integrated learning (WIL), WIL 601 provides students with the tools, strategies and resources to effectively prepare for their upcoming WIL experiences and future career endeavours after graduation. As part of the course, students reflect on their career goals and identify opportunities to work towards those goals. They also articulate the skills and knowledge they are demonstrating in their graduate experiences, and explore workplace preparation strategies to support their success.

“Creating WIL courses alongside industry and community partners enhances the learning experience for our students,” says Natalie Clifford, associate director, the Centre for WIL. “For the development of WIL 601, we knew that collaborating with industry partners to integrate an authentic voice that speaks to the value of lifelong learning practices would be an overall value-add and motivator for our graduate students as they set their sights on their careers.”

WIL 601 includes 10 modules for students to complete. Each of the industry partners in the project—Vidyard, Manulife and D2L—had representatives review a portion of the modules and provide insights to the course developers.

“The partners helped to emphasize the importance of course content by providing tangible examples of what actions students could take,” says Monica Vesely, lead work-integrated learning designer, Centre for WIL. “For example, in the preparing for an interview section, industry tips help guide students to be sure to describe what their research is about before diving into their prepared points. This will make the discussion easier to follow and will drive some great follow-up questions.”

Read more about the industry partnership on the Centre for WIL website.

Bake Your Research: Highlights from the Water Institute's inaugural competition

A chef judges various delicacies.

A message from the Water Institute.

Our first annual Bake Your Research competition was a slice!

The Water Institute and the Society of the Water Institute Graduate Students (SWIGS) were pleased to host the inaugural Bake Your Research competition on January 15. The culinary competition put out a call to bake or cook an edible masterpiece that visually portrays water research happening at the University of Waterloo.

Thanks to our guest judges Richard Cramm, Chef, University Club and Mark Meinzinger, Catering Chef, Fed Hall, who elevated the competition to Food Network level, judging the edible masterpieces on presentation, texture and taste. Entries in the competition far surpassed our expectations for creativity and level of detail.

More importantly, it was a great team building, networking and social gathering which left lasting cake crumbs throughout the entire Water Institute.

Congratulations to professor Maria Strack’s Wetland Soils and Greenhouse Gas Exchange Lab who received first place for their stunning peatland chocolate cake illustrating a peatland in an undisturbed state contrasted with a range of disturbances and restoration methods.

In second place, professors Helen Jarvie and Merrin Macrae’s Biogeochemistry Lab for a cake that depicted various land uses in the Grand River Watershed and Tonya DelSontro’s AquaGHG Lab who took third place for their stratified lake creation.

We hope you had as much fun as we did!

St. Jerome's presents the Lectures in Catholic Experience: Beyond Burnout Culture

John Malesic.A message from St. Jerome's University.

On February 29, St. Jerome's University will welcome Dr. Jonathan Malesic, who will speak about his book, The End of Burnout: Why work drains us and how to build better lives. Inspiration for his book came from personal reflection and lived experience, and when his expectations of work and the reality of work didn't align, it ultimately led to his struggle with professional burnout.

During an interview with NPR's Michel Martin, Dr. Malesic stated, "I see burnout as the result of being stretched across this gap between your ideals for work and the reality of your job. And so my ideals for being a college professor were sky-high. I imagined it as the life of the mind - you know, the tweed-wearing professor asking questions about the meaning of life. And I literally did that. I truly asked students those kinds of questions. But - and at times, the reality lived up to those ideals, but oftentimes, it didn't. You know, it's still just a job, and the students were often not as excited about these questions as I was. But in addition, you know, there are still boring meetings. There's still paperwork. And it did seem like I wasn't really doing the work that I imagined I would be doing all those years ago. And so it was a real combination of factors, both internal and external, that I think caused my burnout there.”

Dr. Jonathan Malesic will explore what this means, how we can make tangible changes to improve our working lives, and the lessons from what Benedictine monks and religious orders can teach us about incorporating these ideals into our lives.

“Since their founding in 1982, the St. Jerome’s University Lectures in Catholic Experience have sought to bring experts on the most pressing issues of the time to speak not just to academics but to the broader community. Dr. Malesic’s work on the often used but under-theorized concept of “burnout” should be of interest to many in the university context and beyond who worry about the well-being of their students, employees, colleagues or themselves,” added Carol Ann MacGregor, vice president academic and dean.

This lecture is on February 29 at 7:30 p.m. in the Notre Dame Chapel at St. Jerome's University. The event will be live-streamed for people who cannot attend in person. Please register for the event, as space in the Notre Dame Chapel is limited.

Have a Fantastic Day tomorrow and other notes

People toss paper airplanes in the Physical Activities Complex.

Tomorrow is Fantastic Alumni, Staff, Faculty and Retiree Day 2024 in the Physical Activities Complex. Come cheer on the Waterloo Warriors men’s and women’s basketball teams and join in a variety of family-friendly activities.

Climate Con 2024 proposal submission banner featuring a stylized planet Earth.

The Climate Leaders’ program has issued a Call for Proposals for the Student Climate Con 2024 which will be taking place on Saturday March 16. The convention is being organized to showcase the contributions of students tackling climate change in all forms across all disciplines and faculties. The deadline for proposal submissions is Friday, February 9.

The Library is excited to celebrate Love Data Week from Monday, February 12 to Friday, February 16 with a series of workshops and events. An international initiative, Love Data Week is an opportunity to learn about data, research data management best practices and how to create a better, more inclusive world through data. Full details and event registration are available on the Library's events listing page. 

Information Systems & Technology (IST) has published the latest entry in the Atlassian blog series entitled "Atlassian updates: Coming soon in Jira Software."

Finally, a reminder to join the University of Waterloo for Inspiring Black Flourishing in Waterloo Region and Beyond, a free community talk and discussion on Tuesday, February 13 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Be inspired by University of Waterloo students, alumni and staff who are engaged in local and international community initiatives that aim to address barriers to Black flourishing or create opportunities for it.  This event takes place at Kitchener Public Library at 85 Queen Street North in Kitchener and is held in partnership with the Kitchener Public Library and hosted by CBC Kitchener-Waterloo.

Register for "Antagonistic Responses to Health Research in the Academy"

Registration for the next event in the Antagonism and Intimidation in Academia Speaker Series is now open. Antagonistic Responses to Health Research in the Academy will take place on Tuesday, February 27 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:10 p.m. in the Humanities Theatre (Hagey Hall 159). This event is open to all faculty, staff and students.

Link of the day

50 years ago: Zardoz

When and Where

Warriors Game Day Tickets: Season Passes, Black and Gold Alumni Passes and Single Game Tickets now available for the 2023-24 varsity season. Purchase your tickets today!

Waterloo Warriors Youth Camps. Winter, March Break and PD Day camps available for boys and girls ages 5-18. Baseball, Basketball, Football and Multi-Sport and Games camps available. Register today!

Warriors Youth Summer Camps. Registration opens Monday, January 22, 9:00 a.m. Find out more.

FASS 2024 presents “Good Company,” Friday, February 9, 7:00 p.m., matinee Saturday, February 10, 2:00 p.m., KW Little Theatre, UpTown Waterloo. Tickets are $15.

Call for Proposals for the Student Climate Con 2024 deadline, Friday, February 9.

Map the System Stakeholder Engagement Session, Friday, February 9, 12 noon to 1:00 p.m, UTD 164.

PDAG Seminar: M365 Updates (Including New Teams), Friday February 9, 9:00 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. via MS Teams.

Àbíké The Artist - The Intersection of Art and Science, Friday, February 9, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., DC1301.

SWORDC speaker Dr. David Gray presents “An analysis of an ad hoc unemployment insurance benefit extensions in Canada: the case of the commodity-sector workers,” Friday, February 9, 3:30 p.m. to 5:00, HH 150.

Warriors Men's Hockey vs. Western, Friday, February 9, 7:00 p.m., CIF Arena. Senior Day, Employee Day. Buy your tickets today! 

Ontario Summit for Students with Disabilities, Saturday February 10, 9:30 a.m. Free to attend for all post-secondary students. 

Fantastic Alumni, Staff, Faculty and Retiree Day 2024, Saturday, February 10, 3:00 p.m., Physical Activities Complex.

Master of Taxation Virtual Information SessionSaturday, February 10, 9:00 a.m.

Warriors Basketball vs. Windsor, Saturday, February 10, women's game 4:00 p.m., men's game 6:00 p.m., PAC. Fantastic Alumni, Faculty, Staff and Retirees Day, Truth and Reconciliation Ceremony, Senior Day (men's game). Buy your tickets today!

University Club Valentine’s Special Menu, Monday, February 12 to Friday, February 16. Make a reservation today.

WUSA voting days, Monday, February 12 to Wednesday, February 14.

Startup 101: Founder Communication: Beyond Pitching, Monday, February 12, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., EIT 1015.

NEW - Chemistry Seminar: “Where there's a will, there's a way: How cells cope with eroding telomeres” featuring Lea Harrington, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, University of Toronto, Tuesday, February 13, 2:30 p.m. C2-361 (Reading Room).

Inspiring Black Flourishing in Waterloo Region and beyondTuesday, February 13, 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Kitchener Public Library, 85 Queen Street North, Kitchener.

Black History Month panel, "Building a Career Path for Black Talent," Thursday, February 15, 12 noon to 1:00 p.m., Zoom. Register today.

Q4Environment Information Session: How Can Quantum Address Environmental Challenges, held by Transformative Quantum Technologies (TQT) on Thursday, February 15 at RAC 1, 3003, from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Register by February 12.

KHS Seminar Series: I never planned on being here: using opportunities to build a research program with Heather Keller in the Health Expansion Building, Room 1689 on Wednesday, February 14, 2:30 p.m. No registration required.

Warriors Basketball vs. U of T, Saturday, February 17, women’s game 6:00 p.m., men’s game 8:00 p.m., Physical Activities Complex. (W) Senior Night. Buy your tickets today!

Family Day with the Warriors, Monday, February 19, 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon, CIF. Football, baseball, basketball, ice skating and more. Join us for a morning of FREE family fun! Register online in advance.

Inclusive Research Tools: Identifying Barriers webinar, Tuesday, February 27, 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Chapters of Change: Anti-racism & Conversations, Thursday, February 29, 1:00 p.m., SLC Black & Gold Room.

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and Wellbeing Community of Practice (CoP) Session: UDL as a Framework to Amplify Instructor Wellbeing, Thursday, February 29, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., MS Teams.

International Women's Day Breakfast, Friday, March 8, 9:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m., Federation Hall. This event is currently SOLD OUT. To add your name to the waitlist, please visit the event page.

Research Impact Canada Quarterly Touchpoint: New Members, Thursday, February 8 Wednesday, March 20, 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Contact Nadine Quehl at if interested in joining this online meeting. Please note the new date for the event.

PhD oral defences

School of Public Health Sciences. Nicole Richards, "University Students’ Gynecology Care Experiences in the US and Canada: Implications for Equitable Access to Person-Centered Care." Supervisor, Dr. Samantha Meyer. Email Health Graduate Administration for a copy. Oral defence Thursday, February 15, 9:00 a.m., online.

Mechanical & Mechatronics Engineering. Mahyar Hasanabadi, "Process Optimization, Numerical Modelling, and Microstructure Control in Laser Powder Bed Fusion of Ti-5553 Parts." Supervisors, Dr. Ehsan Toyserkani, Dr. Adrian Gerlich. Thesis available via Sharepoint. Email to request a viewing link. Oral defence Thursday, February 15, 1:00 p.m., remote.

Recreation and Leisure Studies. Michela Stinson, "The Ordinary Niagara Falls." Supervisor, Dr. Bryan Grimwood. Email Health Graduate Administration for a copy. Oral defence Thursday, February 15, 1:30 p.m., EXP 1686.

Environment, Resources and Sustainability. Tim Alamenciak, “Volunteer Participation in Ecological Restoration: Motivations, Organizations, and Conviviality.” Supervisor, Stephen Murphy. Thesis available upon request from the Faculty of Environment, Administrator, Graduate Studies. Oral defence Friday, February 16, 1:00 p.m.